Dimapur, July 14: A random sampling test of formalin content in fishes in and around Wokha district was conducted on July 13 by representatives of Food Safety Nagaland led by Khrukutolu Veswuh, Food Analyst State Public Health Laboratory from Kohima comprising of 5 members team, Food security Officer Wokha, Pelerienuo Kehie, Dy.Chief Medical Officer Wokha, Dr.Zuben Kikon, Media officer (CMO) office Wokha and EAC HQ, Tumpen P Tsanglao.
Out of the six samples one tested positive for presence of formalin which was collected from in and around Wokha district from various fish kiosks. Earlier samples taken from the same area tested positive as per report from received from the State Public Health Laboratory. The contaminated fishes were seized for destruction.
The team also visited Doyang the same day to collect samples from the fish depots. At Doyang six species of fishes were tested from the local fish storage where freezers containing ice were also tested but found to be negative.
Investigation for source of formalin contamination in the district is under way by the concerned authority.
Further the concerned authority informed that if fish vendors want to sell fishes they are directed to obtain clearance certificates from the FSO Wokha.
Around 14 kgs of contaminated fishes tested positive were destroyed the same day in presence of officials present District Administration, representatives of Food Safety Nagaland, Dy.Chief Medical Officer Wokha, Media officer (CMO) office Wokha.
All fish imported or local, which is treated with formalin is banned in Wokha district as per the standing prohibitory order issue by Food Safety Commissioner cum Commissioner &Secretary Nagaland, I.Himato Zhimomi IFS.
Further the concerned department informed that random spot testing will be carried out in the district and defaulters will be penalized and legal course of action will be taken as per the provision under Food Safety and standards Act, 2006. (Page News Service)